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August 14, 2008


51tG2wn2SZL._SL500_AA240_.jpg Looking for a good summer or beach read?

Jules Crittenden's wife, author Amy MacKinnon, has just released a new novel and it looks wonderful:

“Tethered,” a novel by Amy MacKinnon, literary suspense, Random House. Think CSI on a soul-searching journey in which the protagonist is doing everything she can to look the other way. Searing gut-punch prose, a page-turner. OK, I’m her husband,* but I’m also a compulsive editor. She had other people performing that service for her, and after that early unpleasant experience when she showed me the second chapter, I resolved not to read it until it was irrefutably in print. Then, I couldn’t stop.

...“Tethered” is about an undertaker who doesn’t believe in God. Amy began thinking about it after visiting the room where her uncle Richard prepares bodies for waking and burial. Amy’s faith is in a constant state of flux. Richard is a devout Catholic. She asked Richard, “Could you do this job if you didn’t believe in God?” Richard said, “I don’t see how.”

How you do it, as Amy explored the issue, turns out to have a lot to do with dark secrets and stumbling efforts at redemption, involving cops, an unidentified child’s body, killers.

Besides being quite lovely (do I know my readers or not?) Ms. MacKinnon is a talented writer, but then this should come as no surprise to those of you familiar with Jules' work. You can read more about both Ms. MacKinnon and her latest work at Jules' place.

Do check it out.

Posted by Cassandra at August 14, 2008 05:53 AM

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I've got SO many books in my reading queue already...but I'll think it over.

Posted by: camojack at August 15, 2008 03:38 AM

This is just the kind of book I used to love reading.

I haven't had time to read any good fiction in ages. I'm going to pick up a copy. I think I'm even more interested because my husband is always on me to write a book and I'm so impressed that she was able to do so with children in the house!

That takes discipline.

Posted by: Cassandra at August 15, 2008 04:05 AM

I ordered this book; it came a couple of days ago and I've been engrossed in it. Wonderful so far, but almost unbearably sad.

Posted by: Texan99 at August 23, 2008 08:00 PM